Saint Leo University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (84)
I went to college when I was younger for a couple years. I started bouncing around between a few universities merely to make my parents satisfied, but not really participating in my program. Ready to come back and finish my degree, I chose to attend Saint Leo. It's been an amazing experience. I was enrolled with the center for online learning - and despite any perceptions that online school is "easier"....it's not. It's just as challenging as attending a live campus. The professors do a good job allowing the cyber classroom to feel much like a real one. They are always reaching out to help students are seem to always be within reach whenever I needed anything. My favorite part about my classes here at Saint Leo is how inspired I seem to get with each new class I take - especially courses not required for my major program. Saint Leo has given me a well rounded education and has opened my mind up to a lot of new areas and topics. My top two elective courses at Saint Leo, if I could recommend a couple, would be Native American Studies and the course on Evolution (Your Inner Fish). Saint Leo is different from other schools I've attended. Other schools seem unorganized and impersonal. I've never had an issue with Saint Leo administration or advising...though at other schools these departments have be nightmares. I think I've registered for two classes by myself here at Saint Leo, while most every semester my adviser checks in with me via phone to sign me up for my classes. My adviser really feels more like a guardian angel of sorts - I've never had that at any other school.
First off, I am extremely surprised at the complaints in the reviews section. I attended Ashford University for a short period and found it mediocre at best. When I transferred to Saint Leo I was quite challenged in all of my coursework. I am noticing that a lot of the complaints are coming from the general business / management degree seekers and again, a lot of the complaints center around the ease of coursework. My answer is, if you chose a more challenging field the complaints would be entirely different. I feel the instructors in CIS dept. are extremely involved and respond to any concerns or questions you may have. I am using my GI Bill so all of my financial issues are automatic. Overall this is a good school and it has definitely improved me as a person and a professional. Again, I feel that if you chose a more challenging degree program the difficulty of coursework would change drastically.
I read through a number of reviews and observed that some students had problems while others appeared to have none. I won't say that I had none, but I was definitely not overly inconvenienced by any of them. I think people should also realize that some professors are going to be better than others at every university... That is one of the many reasons some schools are trying to move away from tenured positions (granted, there are other reasons as well). The bottom line, I was able to complete my degree program through a combination of local campus and online classes in a reasonable amount of time. Their program offered me what I felt was reasonable credit for some of my military qualifications and schools. I began using many of the general business skills almost immediately, often while I was still in a particular class. I did not have the luxury of attending a traditional campus and taking full-time classes - I did learn a great deal about time-management and personal motivation! I'm glad I picked Saint Leo, would recommend it to others, and feel it has prepared me to pursue a graduate program, which I will begin next fall at UVA's Darden.
Having returned to college 12 years after graduating high school, I was not sure what to expect from Saint Leo. Overall, I would give my experience five stars. From the advisors, to the teachers, to my fellow students, I really feel like I received an excellent education. I would recommend Saint Leo to anyone looking to complete their degree and look forward to going back to finish my Master's soon.
I love St. Leo because my adviser calls me all the time to see if I need help or just to let me know I was doing a great job. If I got a low score or missed turning in something she called. I was running out of funds for books and she offered to find me cheap books. The teachers were right on and helpful. I went to Rasmussen before and they never called me for anything ever! They are friendly and actually care about me and not my money.
I have been surprised at the negative comments about Saint Leo. The core values and excellent instructors made this school more than just a degree. For me, the experience as an adult learner was invaluable. The classes were engaging. I never had an issue when/if I needed helped. However the instructors are not there to hold your hand. The expectation is you learn material and keep up with the syllabus. If not it is really sink or swim. My education has made doors open for graduate school. If Saint Leo offered a Master degree in my field I'd go there again, over any school. Go Lions!
The online educational leadership program at St. Leo is terrible. I do not recommend it to anyone. The support from the majority of teachers is non-existent, and forget about writing or calling for help. They will ignore you, because they simply do not care. They only care about getting your money and because they know no other university will accept your credits, they will ignore you. Save yourself time and frustration and pick another school. I will not even put this degree on my wall because it was such a horrible experience. The state of Florida requires 160 hours for your practicum, yet St. Leo spreads it out over 3 semester and requires 450 hours. In short, you will do three times as much work, for twice the cost, and for no reason. The only things I have learned in this program are things I taught myself. If I was self-directed, I would learn nothing. Multiple assignments require you to take pre- and post-tests, and write about what what you learned. However,there are no activities between, and if like me, you receive a 100 on the pre-test, you will be writing 10 pages on learning absolutely nothing. A complete and utter waste of time. Worst.University.Ever.
The classroom format I liked, but sadly that is the only positive about this school. Staff are rude and unhelpful. The university makes you jump through hoops for the most trivial requests. For example, I am filling out AMCAS for medical school application. Because I took a few classes with Saint Leo, I need to enter that information into my application. I simply need an unofficial transcript in order to see the class names and grades. For all other schools I've attended, this has been easy to obtain. I can either log in and view online, or they promptly sent me a copy via e-mail. Saint Leo's primitive method of attaining this simple information has brought my progress to a screeching halt. I have to wait for it to come via snail mail, as this is the only method they use. Also, they do not print unofficial transcripts, the only way for me to view it is to have another official transcript (with fee of course) sent to my house. Every person I talked to about it was extremely rude. In addition, when I tried to drop a class I was having computer difficulties. I sent a request to their helpdesk (I was not in the country and unable to call) a week before the drop deadline. I did not get a response until the day after the deadline (of course). Any attempts to address the situation were met with the same incredibly rude, uncaring response I received with my transcript request. I can't believe an educational institution is run this way. The best decision I've made about my education was to stop attending this school once I realized what a sham it is. I hope to save you the trouble. Please keep searching for a quality school, this is not it.
My wife and I both graduated with a Bachelor's degree from St. Leo University in 2013. I majored in Sociology and my wife majored in Computer Information Systems. I am surprised of some of the negative comments. I admit the financial aid services can be a bit frustrating at times, but not at all unattainable. My online Sociology classes were very demanding (especially quantitative and qualitative social methods); much harder than any face to face class I took while pursuing my AA with UMUC. I participated in 2 major observation projects and the professors were at my disposal. I gained a significant understanding of several subjects to include deviant behavior, social problems, marriage & the family, inequality, and race and ethnicity; in addition to several history classes, and 3 classes in law studies. I really enjoyed my educational journey with St. Leo. My wife does as well. I gained a promotion, which centers on research, because of my degree. My wife has been pursued by several companies and organizations to include Amazon thanks to her degree in CIS; she accepted an IT position with the federal government. I am currently researching a Master’s degree, but one thing is for sure, I will be pursuing it with St. Leo.
I had many issues with the financial aid department. First, they did not use my loans to pay for an entire semester. I was told that I had to make arrangements to pay $1,700.00 back or I could not continue to go to their school until payment arrangements where setup. Second, they discovered that they made another mistake by giving me $900.00 to,much and had to pay it back. Again, all of my college education is suppose to be paid for with student loans. Thirdly, I have received a bill stating that I owe them $149.00. During my time with Saint Leo University their was many issues with the financial aid department. I paid all my debts back to them and was treated as though these mistakes were somehow my fault.